This week’s prompt: write a Minute Poem
Courtesy of Robert Lee Brewer: Some forms have a long, exotic history. Some forms are relatively new, but have a well-known founder. Others just seem to spring out of nowhere. Such appears to be the case with our most recent poetic form: the minute poem.
The rules are rather simple:
- 3 quatrains (or 4-line stanzas)
- 8 syllables in the first line of each stanza
- 4 syllables in the remaining lines of each stanza
- rhyme scheme: aabb/ccdd/eeff
- written in strict iambic meter
So each stanza contains 20 syllables times 3 stanzas equals 60 syllables total. Since there are 60 seconds in a minute, I’m going to go out on a limb and proclaim that’s the origin of the name minute poem.
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